TV Article: Summer of Small Screen Adventures

Written by Caitlin Cooper July 09, 2014

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2014 has been, and will continue to be, a big year for film. Multiple popular sci-fi and fantasy features have hit the big screen, but the small screen promises to hold a lot this year, too. In the summer, TV programs are usually repeats, and some networks have a few good shows return or premiere. Aside from that, there usually isn’t much going on on TV. But this summer promises to hold a lot of excitement for sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts. If you won’t be traveling this summer, there is one way to have an adventure: Watch sci-fi and fantasy shows in which characters go on daring journeys, and face up against mythological baddies. Here are some TV shows to satisfy your need for adventure.

Visit a Futuristic Spaceship in “Extant”


This sci-fi series boasts a strong cast with Halle Barry starring as the protagonist, Molly, whose job as an astronaut took her on a solo mission in space for a year. During her mission, she’s conducted odd experiments. When she returns home, however, getting back to normal life becomes more difficult than anticipated when she finds out some shocking news. That itself is enough to intrigue those interested in sci-fi dramas, but there’s also a posthuman element. Molly’s husband designs very life-like robots – one of whom is their adopted son. Watch “Extant” Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

Join the Pack in “Teen Wolf”

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Season 4 premiered on June 23rd after a tense and dark season 3. Follow Scott (Tyler Posey) as he searches for a missing friend following the intense events of the previous season, and once again faces great danger. The main characters have suffered many losses, and now there’s someone intent on killing all supernatural beings. Based on the way the series is going, this season has the potential to be even more dramatic and awesome. To think an MTV show that began as a simple re-make of some classic films has turned out to be one of the best werewolf shows on TV. Catch “Teen Wolf” Mondays at 10 on MTV.

Have a Party with Vampires on “True Blood”

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It’s the final season of “True Blood” and our small-town vampires, fairies, shape-shifters, and humans are back. The show picks up where season 6 left off, in a bloody mess due to a vampire attack. Season 7 promises big things, and so far it’s been fulfilling that promise by having Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Co. in a whole lot of trouble in Bon Temps. No character is safe, and audiences are sure to be in for good episodes as the show reclaims the strengths of its first season. And, of course, long-time viewers hope the long-burning question will be answered: Who will Sookie end up with? Watch “True Blood” on Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

Journey Through Time and Space with “Doctor Who”

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The Tardis, a new Doctor, more shenanigans, oh my! Starting on August 23rd, the new incarnation of the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will take control of the Tardis. The last episode briefly introduced him, and he’d seemed to have forgotten how to fly the Tardis (though River liked to remind the 11th Doctor that he didn’t know how to brake properly). Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), otherwise known as the Impossible Girl, will have to take the reins while the 12th Doctor pieces together who he is now. The new season of “Doctor Who” promises to feature as many time and space travels as ever, but with a decidedly darker incarnation. Go along for the journey Saturdays on Space.

Travel to 18th Century Scotland with “Outlander”

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The highly anticipated adaption of the bestselling book series by Diana Gabaldon will air on TV beginning August 24th. “Outlander” follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a combat nurse in 1945, whose honeymoon in Scotland doesn’t have the outcome she expects. Claire is suddenly transported back to 1743, a time in which the country is incredibly dangerous. There she meets James Fraser (Sam Heughan), a Scottish warrior, to whom she finds herself drawn. The trailer promises fighting, romance, and more in a historically ripe setting. The female protagonist is a strong character, and every character seems to be all-around complex. It certainly helps that Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”) is the executive producer and one of the writers of the screenplays. Take a trip to the Highlands with “Outlander” each Sunday on Showcase.

With TV networks providing these great shows, we’ve got no shortage of sci-fi and fantasy entertainment on the small screen. So, are you ready for an adventure?

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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